Type: Public event

Panel Discussion on Mental Health and the Prison Industrial Complex

Date & time

Jan 21, 2013, 12:30-2:00 pm EST


Anderson Room, Michigan Union
530 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Panelists Include:

Deborah Golden, J.D., a staff attorney with the DC Prisoners Project, focuses on litigation of constitutional claims on behalf of prisoners in federal and state courts. Among her current cases is a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons for allegedly failing to diagnose and treat prisoners with mental illness.

Natalie Holbrook, a prisoners' rights activist who works for the American Friends Service Committee\'s Michigan Criminal Justice program advocating for and with people held in Michigan\'s prisons around a myriad of issues, including access to adequate health care and mental health care.

Beth Kita, PhD., a clinical social worker who works the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2000, providing mental health treatment services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women. She is an adjunct social work instructor at both Berkeley and Smith College.

Tony Rome, PhD., the Chief Psychiatric Officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections and has been a mental health expert/consultant in several federal and state court cases involving class action conditions of confinement and wrongful death issues in correctional facilities.

Shaka Senghor, a writer, motivational speaker, and mentor who spent nineteen years incarcerated. He has been a guest speaker at multiple universities, local high schools, and community groups, and is a recipient of the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BME) Leadership Award.

Sponsored by UM Department of Psychology, UM Ford School of Public Policy, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, UM School of Social Work's Community Action and Social Change Minor, Zingerman's, and Hillel